Do You Like iOS 7’s New Look? [Let’s Talk]

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I’ve already written up my thoughts on iOS 7’s new look, and particularly its new icons. But I’m interested in how you feel about it. Am I the only one who thinks Apple took a step in the wrong direction when it was designed certain aspects of its next-generation mobile operating system?

After reading a lot of the reaction on Twitter during the WWDC keynote yesterday, I’m confident the answer to that question is no. But let’s make this easier to gauge. Leave us a comment below and tell us whether you love iOS 7’s new look, or whether you hate it.

You don’t need to go into detail if you don’t want to — just give us a simple yes or no.

  • DanBoltron

    Yes

  • Sebastian Velez

    I don’t like the childish/cheapness Samsung look to it….

    It looks way classier in the previous OS. But god knows the old OS was aging and needed something… But the icons make it look like a Samsung phone. Slightly impressed but at the same time… Not impressed that they went to that look. It’s gonna get trolled later for looking cheap, cartoony, and childish

    The OS operates marvelously but could have maintained the classy look and professional style of the old OS. They could have added all the new movements and APIs to the old theme.

    Either way you look at it… It’s a win… But it is what it is. I give it an 8.0 and it truly satisfies

    As for osx I am a monster fan of for sure. Nothing come close to it. Window management could be a bit better. But still it’s great.

  • AddyJohn_V

    I just want customization and features. iOS already looked nice. I switched to Android because it does more simple as that.

  • Aaron Renner

    YES YES YES…SO MUCH YES!!!!

  • ktaifan

    YES. Keeping a California state-of-mind here; typically sunny and bright.

  • technochick

    The swipe features yes. The icons no

  • munal

    as much as i love ios and i want to like it, i just cant. the icons look like rubbish, the font is very flimsy. not be sexist but it feels way to feminine as opposed to its gender neutral past.
    Looks way too much like crappy A……

  • Wane

    YES – a much needed improvement.

  • Avenged110

    Not one bit. It looks stupid and childish and Apple just ruined everything Steve Jobs took so long to build. It’s embarrassing, really.

  • Amr Khalifa

    Yes!

  • tavozapatareus

    yes, is nice to see that, very nice feeling when i see the new look.

  • UndeadMedic

    Yes I love the look of it. That’s not to say it won’t have its shortcomings, every OS does. I can’t wait until the final release.

  • CasingOne

    NO! Now iOS have good functions, but interface looks like a…children’s shit!

  • Whodakat

    Killians third article today about the look of iOS 7. For the record, the fonts are gorgeous, the animations are slick. The icons are bright and eye catching (I will say a few are a bit too colorful, but overall they go nicely). My biggest complaint, is that some of the menus titles are a bit convoluted. For example, I use first and last names for my contacts, so in the messages app when I click on messages from, say, Robert Blickenstaff, the title bar says, Messages Robert Blickenstaff Contacts. As the name grows larger the title bar looks askew. BUT as this is a developer preview, I expect little things like that. No big deal. Overall, very pleased with the new look.

  • Chipper

    I like the new features, but not the icons. They are WAY TOO FLAT! Something in-between would have been great. Maybe a little more 3D and a little more shadow. It reminds me of a sickly sweet kids book … too much sunshine and lollipops!

  • manuelbalbi

    Of course I don’t like it. I love the glass/aluminium feel of my iPhone 5, and I don’t figure out how I could like the plastic feel of the new iOS 7 UI.

  • robogobo

    Yeah, I just kept saying, “wow” during the keynote. Finally the quality of design of the software matches the hardware.

    I’m surprised at people saying the new look is childish. I think just the opposite. It’s a grown and matured version of iOS. What’s more childish than the silly old stitched leather, linen and green felt?

  • Whodakat

    Not one bit. It looks stupid and childish and Apple just ruined everything Steve Jobs took so long to build. It’s embarrassing, really.

    Do people like you really think that Steve made everything at Apple? lol The same designer that made Apple famous, made this UI. Please quit trolling.

  • dcdevito

    Looks like Samsung TouchWiz

  • kotpes

    1. Many people saying it on twitter are geeks (which is always 1%). A lot of them are android fanboys (you will probably see a lot of them in comments saying android is better even though question was different). So. It’s not EVERYONE thinks that iOS 7 is step (at least in some areas) in a wrong direction.
    2. We are talking BETA. It will be 3-4 months before final release. What will be changed/improved? Who knows, we’ll see.
    3. My personal opinion. When I first saw it I couldn’t believe my eyes! It was so different from what you could possibly expect. I can say, I haven’t understood it at first (there for tend to dislike). But after seeing demos and browsing apple web site I actually kind of love it. I think that design is beautiful (maybe ControlCenter needs to be decluttered a bit) and there is WOW factor too (pseudo 3d). And I also love the direction they choosed to move with new folders and app switching (not talking about multitasking, but I love it too, thought) when you kind of zoom in and out – gives you sense of direction + it’s visually appealing effect. And this blurred glass stuff – really nice as well (personally I would change blur factor and opacity a little bit) I think it will be a huge trend in design this and next year (you could see it in action here http://www.blurjs.com/).
    4. Icons. Some of them nice, some of them I personally dont like (Safari). But, as I mentioned before, it’s at least 3 months before final release and a lot can change in that time (or not).

    Overall. I think Apple did the right thing there. It took chances and has rethought the OS completely.
    I think Steve Jobs would say “This is crap”, but at the same time he said something like “dont think what I would do, just do what ever you think is right”. And Apple did just that.
    Was it right or wrong – time will tell.

  • kotpes

    1. Many people saying it on twitter are geeks (which is always 1%). A lot of them are android fanboys (you will probably see a lot of them in comments saying android is better even though question was different). So. It’s not EVERYONE thinks that iOS 7 is step (at least in some areas) in a wrong direction.
    2. We are talking BETA. It will be 3-4 months before final release. What will be changed/improved? Who knows, we’ll see.
    3. My personal opinion. When I first saw it I couldn’t believe my eyes! It was so different from what you could possibly expect. I can say, I haven’t understood it at first (there for tend to dislike). But after seeing demos and browsing apple web site I actually kind of love it. I think that design is beautiful (maybe ControlCenter needs to be decluttered a bit) and there is WOW factor too (pseudo 3d). And I also love the direction they choosed to move with new folders and app switching (not talking about multitasking, but I love it too, thought) when you kind of zoom in and out – gives you sense of direction + it’s visually appealing effect. And this blurred glass stuff – really nice as well (personally I would change blur factor and opacity a little bit) I think it will be a huge trend in design this and next year (you could see it in action here http://www.blurjs.com/).
    4. Icons. Some of them nice, some of them I personally dont like (Safari). But, as I mentioned before, it’s at least 3 months before final release and a lot can change in that time (or not).

    Overall. Personally, I believe Apple did the right thing there. It took chances and has rethought the OS completely.
    I think Steve Jobs would say “This is crap”, but at the same time he said something like “dont think what I would do, just do what ever you think is right”. And Apple did just that.
    Was it right or wrong – time will tell.

  • DeeBeeFunky

    I like everything about iOS7 except the icons. Some are fine, others are just plain ugly.

  • sefid

    yes and no..
    yes it feels good to see a more minimal UI than current one. esp. loving the transparant glass-like effect thing on everywhere..
    no..I dont like some of the icons and their colour scheme, they look too simple almost like they didnt even care about it.. ( even though I know they did )..

  • NeoTech09

    Yes! – great design improvement!

  • dcdevito

    Still no widgets, no expanded bluetooth functionality, notifications are improved but still aren’t good enough, and WHY OH WHY can’t any app share data with any other app?! iOS really needed a boost to catch up to Android but Apple shot themselves in the foot by making something that some iOS users now hate.

  • __DarkBlue

    It’s a beta! That’s significant. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a more unified icon set upon final release.

    I don’t get it. Everyone moaned about how iOS was falling behind Android. About how it looked dated. About the horrible textures and skeuomorphic design “features”. So, Apple goes and pulls off a major, top-to-bottom redesign and people continue to complain. It’s a freaking phone children, it’s just not that important. Stop crying about it. If you don’t like it, go and buy another product.

    Rant over.

  • gettysburg11s

    Yep, I love it. It was exactly what was needed. Also, people should remember that there will be many features that were not talked about. So, don’t complain if you didn’t see a feature you wanted to be included in iOS 7, demonstrated. It may be there.

  • Justin Warren

    I’m a big fan of the new changes! Though Apple is known for its sophisticated look of black and aluminum, the pastel color palette is odd, I wouldn’t say it’s a bust. iOS 7 has many new features that I am excited for.

  • munal

    re: jonathan_hollin if its not that important than why are you here? You did read the title of the article that said give your opinion on the look of ios7 right?

  • nocivus

    What we all need to consider is that this is a preview, not a final product. I’m sure Apple will take into consideration all the less positive points about iOS 7 in the final release. Or at least i hope they will, especially in regards to icons :)

  • adology

    I like the look, the layers, the translucency, the typography. I don’t like the icons for the core apps, nor the treatment of the A-to-Z slider bar on the side (Contacts, Music, etc.)

  • tdmac

    Won’t know for sure until it is finished but first impression is not good. PU

  • _SpaceOddity

    I really hate it. It’s cold, rigid, unfriendly, austere. Just a piece of shit. :'(

  • dcdevito

    What we all need to consider is that this is a preview, not a final product. I’m sure Apple will take into consideration all the less positive points about iOS 7 in the final release. Or at least i hope they will, especially in regards to icons :)

    that’s the fiuniest comment I’ve ever read on this site

  • dcdevito

    What we all need to consider is that this is a preview, not a final product. I’m sure Apple will take into consideration all the less positive points about iOS 7 in the final release. Or at least i hope they will, especially in regards to icons :)

    that’s the fiuniest comment I’ve ever read on this site

  • etaggart

    It looks a little fruity to me. Too many primary colors in the interface. The color selection is by biggest gripe. For example, using Yellow text on a light background to highlight items in the notes app that can be selected (e-mail address, URL, phone number), is really hard to read. There is a lot of light text over a light background, in the UI.. That being said, the functionality is much better. Things like being able to access spotlight from any springboard screen by slightly tugging down on the screen is a great improvement. Overall, I like the functionality and usability improvements, it’s the color selections that I really don’t care for…

  • AhhEtssMhee

    iOS 7 literally own the word “Class”.

  • cflorez6768

    GREAT IOS7 UI / I LOVE THE NEW LOOK!!

  • thepepperspray

    It’s definitely a step in a different direction. I for one can’t wait to get my hands on it. I don’t really like the color scheme of Control Center, it lacks contrast here and there, and I feel like the overall design is better suited for white iDevices (which makes black Devices less appealing); but other than those things, it looks great. Functionality really gets a major overhaul with multitasking and swipe gestures for the iPhone, which is a much needed change in my opinion. We can see the basic blueprint of what we can expect from the next versions of iOS with 7, and no doubt they will come up with much more refined versions later on.
    For now, 7 gets the thumbs up from me.

  • brncofan7

    Still debating, trying to give it a week of use before I push it aside and say I don’t like it. I’m wondering if the features will eventually outweigh the “look” as it fades out of view, but still not sure …

  • TetsuoII

    Jony Ive has done more for Apple than pretty much anyone, but I cannot believe he would have let those icons live past the first day he saw them. To think Jobs would lose sleep over the second O in Google not having the right yellow gradient for their original web app… this just seems careless, shoddy and completely amateur. Google, Microsoft, and even Blackberry now have cleaner, more polished, more professional icons – I never thought that would be possible. Maybe Apple are just playing with us???
    The rest of IOS7 looks pretty good, but runs like a dog on iPhone 4, and the lack of a parallax background just makes those icons even more pathetic.

  • notxalckram

    Is there any mention of ‘quick reply’ in iOS 7? I’ll be super freaking furious if I still have to switch from a game to the messages app just to reply to a friends text.

    The new design is great, new features like control center are excellent and soon enough everyone will like it. C’mon its Apple. They know what they’re doing.

  • blakehawksworth

    looks great except those pesky icons

  • DevilDogAZ

    Anyone else think the pastel colors are demasculinizing? That and the colors feel so washed out that its hard to see the GUI soft buttons (I have used a dev version).

  • RobGcf

    Well the good news is they still have plenty of time before launch, so even these things can be fixed too. I’m not sure if I like it or not, so my answer is “maybe.”

  • econograyscale

    Yes. Really like it!

  • abarrere

    Whoever designed those icons should be fired on the spot!
    These icons brings the magic and incredible Mac designs to the terrible Microsoft/Windows 8 flat arena.
    Since when Mac is following other companies (including windows, google,etc) design trends?

  • iloveqatar

    my answer is, thank God for cydia

  • phusian93

    I like the new look of iOS7 a lot and am looking forward to getting it. I liked everything I saw about it in the Keynote.

  • NotSoBigMac

    Not to belabor the obvious, but iOS 7 is still in beta. The icons can and likely will still be changing based on customer feedback. I suspect nothing is truly cast in stone, and hopefully Apple is paying attention to this and other customer feedback channels.

  • Guest

    Yes

  • enderwiggin21

    Not to belabor the obvious, but iOS 7 is still in beta. The icons can and likely will still be changing based on customer feedback. I suspect nothing is truly cast in stone, and hopefully Apple is paying attention to this and other customer feedback channels.

    NSBM, I’m hoping that’s the case, too, though Apple’s track record for major overhauls to icon design seems slim – off the top of my head.

    Sadly I can’t answer “yes” or “no,” since there are parts that I like – the wallpaper layering behind the icons – the finer lines taking advantage of retina resolutions and the control center (my #1 reason for jailbreaking), but there’s also plenty I dislike in just overall aesthetics. Designs from one area seem to not match designs from another. The superfine lines of Messages, Mail and Control Center seem oddly placed against the big, obtrusive icons, which seem to be begging for the same kind of fine-resolution treatment. Maybe make them smaller, square the corners a bit more, and they’d seem to fit better.

    But ahh, first world problems. ;-)

  • sosickitzill

    Yes!

  • elijahrlb

    as i said on a previous post of yours, the icons are awful. what lies inside the apps is pleasant, but i would take the old back to get rid of these icon designs. it looks like apple picked up someone fire from fisher-price and asked him to design icons. they are awful looking. the icons from before could have just been polished up a little, the shiny top taken off, and some of the textures removed and it would have gotten the point of flat layering across. these new changes make it feel clunky and childish. i hope that someone DOES hear at apple and that changes are made before public release. i fear for them that this is a new direction for apple: but not one they want to take.

  • baby_Twitty

    YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES

  • Arnoud van Houwelingen

    Why are so many people (Killian included) whining about some buttons. Yes some buttons are kinda ugly,but the apps themselves are way more beautiful in design and in many cases more functional. I just love the new camera app and the camera roll has some nice new functions. Calendar app got rid off that hideous leather look and looks crisp. New weather app is so beautiful to look at (i don’t care if it looks like the yahoo weather app). The music app has improved with itunes radio. The mail app looks really cool!! The notes app got rid of that super hideous font. In my opinion Helvetia (Neue) is the most beautiful font there is. You can debate how control center looks but the fact that there is a control center is an improvement on itself if you compare it to ios 6!

    Haters gonna hate i guess .. The buttons is something that can be changed very quickly and easily .. there is still enough time before the final release.

  • poisonapple25

    IMO this is the biggest leap apple has made thus far and im so glad they did I was getting so tired and bored with the same os since the first iphone. so yes I am very excited, im sure from now till the fall release there will be some changes to the icons as a lot of people are coming in with mixed opinions about them besides that, the new additions are awesome!! cant wait to not have to jailbreak anymore. lol

  • DJR

    Of course I don’t like it. I love the glass/aluminium feel of my iPhone 5, and I don’t figure out how I could like the plastic feel of the new iOS 7 UI.

    You’ve captured it in a nutshell. The look of this iOS is completely at odds with the polish and sophistication of the device itself. It’s horrendous.

  • craftytony

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

  • wednesday181

    Abso-freakin-lutely love it. Can’t wait to get my mitts on it. Clean, crisp, sleek. True, I could do without some of the pastels, but whatever, it’s loads better than what I’m currently looking at on my iPhone screen.

  • TNBRITT

    Loving everything about it. Can’t wait to get my hands on iOS 7. Really thinking about popping that $99 developer fee. But I think I can manage till this Fall when its released to the masses. Kudos to Apple and Jony Ive.

  • JMO_L

    Moving past the icons for a second. The biggest visual problem is the typography. Helvetica Neue Ultra Light is just not the best typeface for the screen for legibility and optimization. The letters are simply too uniform. The weight is the biggest problem for the small screen. Light weight depending on its size and negative space (essentially the wallpaper you choose, now the shadows iOS6 purpose is replaced with a type color change relationship, which is a cool feature) needs to be tracked better for legibility on the small screen and small type size.

    They need to change the typeface for a more small screen optimized one. But they should at least change the weight and fix the the tracking for legibility.

  • Alexander530

    YES

  • DGK721

    Yes. For the most part, iOS 7 is stunning. There are some polarizing elements, but I do not think they hurt the overall package. It is obvious a lot of thought went into the user experience. It may seem like a mess at first glance, but weirdly, it all seems to come together. I would love to hear about their process. I cannot wait to get my hands on it.

  • AskSUAPP

    Didn’t like some aspects at first but it has really grown on me and am starting to love it

  • Howard Cheng

    i don’t like the pastel icons and windows 8-like gui at all. it is definitely a step backwards for apple and a serious mistake. iphone is not for creative people only. it is for the mainstream american. the market inroads that apple penetrated the last 7 years (e.g. government, military, corporate america) will get turned off by the sissy, light hearted, liberal ui it is replacing. can u visualize a courtroom judge, a senator, an executive using ios7 in its pastel colors?! the ios6 gui before was conservative, non-flashy, grounded, non-controversial. the ios7 gui should be a “choice”, not a “standard”. this will be a bomb on apple’s hands.

  • zviivz

    I like everything about the new design except for the pastel colors. Seriously?! And there’s the settings icon. What is that??! There’s still room for improvement.

  • svlo531

    YES bcoz it kinda makes your existing iPhones and iPad look new again, different wallpapers may provide different themes and emotions to the users. It’s like getting a brand new device!

    NO coz as long as the icons on your homepage looks nice/sweet/cartoonish, it turns extremely awkward when the other icons from the 3rd party developers still using the same old iOS 6-fit icons.

    Know what I mean? Looks awkward!

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